Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 3 of Wands:VIRTUE & The Barbara Walker Tarot-3 of Wands:FATE
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 3 of Wands:VIRTUE & The Barbara Walker Tarot-3 of Wands:FATE

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Hermetic Tarot:3 OF WANDS: VIRTUE& The Barbara Walker-3 of Wands: FATE:

The 3 of Wands Tarot card should be called a Christmas-in Spring-Card, for it is about the Union of Chokma (Masculine Energy Conscious-King) and Binah (Feminine Energy Conscious-Queen) and the resulting birth of the Prince which is Tiphareth (Beauty), who is the Christ/Buddha consciousness on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. The Thoth 3 of Wands is astrologically the entrance of the Sun (circle with a center dot) into Aries ( the V sign at the bottom), which heralds the Spring.

In The Tarot, the Four 3's are associated with Binah who, besides being the "feminine collective" of Maid, Mother and Crone (as shown on the Barbara Walker Card), is also the Great Mother called UNDERSTANDING. In Understanding, the idea becomes fertilized and a child can be born.

The formulation of the Supernal Triangle, (Kether-Crown, Chokma-Wisdom & Binah-Understanding) is a stability that cannot be made unstable, for it is the Plane of the One Mind. Therefore, we know the Triangle that begins all birth, as many combinations of 3. For instance, Maid-Mother-and Crone, each a special perspective on the Female triangle of Womb-rite, or Father-Son- and Holy Ghost, each a active part of the stable foundation of "the Spirit Fire" or rite of Phallus. Then there is  Ocean-Rain-and River,(Womb-rite of Earth) each a process of Life or Ocean-Sun-and Earth, a Hermetic Wedding of 3.  While the mind is made up of the Spirit Mind of the Universal Collective Unconscious, conscious  (Son/Sun of God) and the self-conscious (body). One can go on and on but in all cases a fertilization is achieved and a child can be born.

The Thoth 3 of Wands is called Virtue, and/or The Lord of Virtue. Lord is an Anglo Saxon-word, meaning "Guardian of Grain"; hence, "Guardian of virtue" is another name for this card. Therefore, in this state of conscious energy, the idea of Will and Dominion has become interpreted in Character.
A lot has been said, about "Dark energy" and "Dark Matter" but not many understand that the body is merely a Reflection of your Dark side, which "Pushes you along" (emotion), just as the Dark Energy pushes the Galaxies; the invisible you who is the energetic majority of You (you are 99.6% invisible) provides your motion. It is in the Dark, warmth, of your "infinite light" (Spirit) that all Life comes from. The body is Alive, but in itself, it is not Life, for it is the "self-reflection of Life" and/or "the color of Life"!

As stated, the body is a Reflection of Life and therefore, one mustthink well from one's deep dark places, to be Alive and Well!
It pays to remember this axiom,"Do unto another as you would have done to you."...for that is in itself a Triangle of three---Idea, Cause and effect. It is unbreakable in its stability. So it pays to know what your ideas create your fate. If you identify "others" instead of "Another" , as in, "everyone I see is another way to be me", you will keep lessening yourself until your life force can no longer sustain the body health and balance. To think less of others, is to lessen your self and this generates a deep sorrow in your soul : a loss of Virtue.

Butfear not of thinker of judgment, and gossip, your thoughts, ideas, and opinions only effect the Cause and Effect of Yourself! Your Self-Image, is a Reflection, enacted by your Deep Inner Thoughts; the place where self-identity produces the "being". Before each of us gets too far into denial, each of us must remember that there is Only One Self, One Mind, One Energy, and everything that we see, experience or fear, is "Just another way to be Me", of the I AM ME, collective consciousness of the Universal Collective Unconscious of I AM! 

 Your body, "the Me" who is the youngest part of the Spiral Entity that is I AM,  is the only one who feels your thoughts and then must enact them as a emotional (energy-in-motion) self-identity. We are not responsible for how "others" react to us. We are, however, the manifested response of reaction to our own thought!
Virtue is Love, and it is smart as it's both wise and understanding---not the act of a simpleton but of a Powerful Spirit. To Love Being----is to Be love.
Others are just Another way to be Divine Children; Children who have the Goddess (Fates/Binah) given Freedom of Choice; gifted Divine Children, who have a right to their identities, be they ill or well thought out, for discernment is what all "children" must learn and that requires one to do the "wrong thing", and correct that action, transforming it into "the right thing", i.e., Wisdom.

The Magus knows, that to be able to "think" means you are not the effect called Thought, but the Cause of it (Causal Body of the Human Aura).  So my thoughts aren't "my precious", they are the effect of Self-Identity, that causes the Alive (Identified) motion, making the body a sacred place and/or laboratory of discernment. Hence, my body is "my precious".

I now have the Knowledge to make, and remake thought to  improve the function of my body, rather than " think" that I am the thought I think, which errantly makes me believe in every thought I Think! Therefore, generating a feeling of righteousness, meaning that I must defend my thoughts to the death. Such a defense elevates  unproven idea above the Truth of Manifestation!  Therefore eliminating the Alive or at the least, enslaving the Alive to unproven "visions" of fear based thought enforced by "others". This is the reverse of reason, for  being Alive is how Life expands and liberates  the manifested consciousness from self-imposed limits and how the Soul/Psyche learns discernment! To make Thought Sensual, is to form a screening process, known as The Power of Limitation!
Because of this Life/Alive process each of us is now a creative Spirit (Life microwave frequency collective) who can devote our thought- controlled "time/space" to "expanding and liberating" the Body from the survival thinking of the animal domain. This in-turn expands and liberates self awareness of both the created and the Divine Creative!
 Because of this grand experiment in Self-Awareness, each of us are fated to control our own fate!

By the "feeling" of sympathy (harmony), or fear (discord), generated by the communion of idea with a sensual- living laboratory, idea becomes experimentation where we can find the ideas that either free the body from the past, and therefore transforming it (love) or bind it to the past (fear), leaving it "dead" to today and transformation. Idea is not enough to properly operate the Alive! Life depends on the Threesome of the Divine Hermetic Wedding  which is the Supernal Triangle made of, Idea , Wisdom and Understanding to create the Beautiful Bright Child called "the Alive"!
When you understand the Threes, you begin to understand your Godhood and/or "virtuous nature". Therefore, Virtue is the harmonious union of I (Chokma), Am (Binah) and Me (the Persona). It is Spiritual Integrity, as the three aspects of Spirit are conjoined.

Virtue, is always being true to yourself; this Truth being the union of spirit, body and mind conjoined in agreement.  Some people would call this listening to your heart and acting with heart felt determination. Of course, without self-trust, Virtue is not possible and our self-dishonesty will make us victims of our own deceit which in turn makes progress impossible. Therefore the 3 of Wands card reminds us to clarify and redefine our Identity to the Original Form of I AM Me, "The Real Person" called The Soul, and no longer accept identity from those around us and/or our environment. We are not Man-Made, we are Spirit---a spiral energy conscious that spins through time-space building self-images from  thought, the first material of Self-Reflection. All of us are the Princes and Princesses of The Divine King and Queen of this Universe, i.e. Children of God/the Divine Creative from which we inherit the Universe.

The 3 of Wands card represents great strength in individual expression which when ill defined, can also mean egocentricity which may manifest as pride and conceit. Pride and conceit are easily avoided by treating others as you want to be treated, although achieving that without Virtue, is not done.

The 3 of Wands card also symbolizes the Fire of Will, as 3 who are One: #1: "I Will Be"/Kether, #2: "Will to
Force"/Chokmah and #3: "Will of Form"/Binah. Hence, being true to thyself, provides an increasing energy known as the inner fire and/or inner light; the spiritual power that is inherent in our bodies, and therefore controls our Fate.

Often we have heard the name of God and/or the Divine Creative defined as I AM. However, we may have forgotten that the birth of self-image is called "ME". Yet many of our religions say that we are made in God's image which should give us a identity clue! The 3 of Wands Tarot card represents the creation of the Inner Fire that builds the Life of the Outer Self out of the Big Three of Creation: Will (I), Passion (AM) and Intent (Me)! These three, also compose our fate!

All of us have inherited this Inner Fire that defines Beauty in this physical world...and we are that Definition of I AM ME!  The Birth of Christ, or the Buddha consciousness that is the "Son/Sun" of the Divine Creative, was our first conscious birth (our Unconscious birth was in the invisible Sephiroth-Daath), represented on the Qabalistic Tree of Life as the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth/Beauty.  We should love that inner fire that enlightens our outer bodies but many of us seek for it "outside" of ourselves; hence we knowingly or unknowingly reject our wholly birthright. By being true to yourself, you can not only "see" the "inner Bright and Warm Higher Conscious", the "Sun of the Divine Creative, but also feel it and transmit it. However to be true to you, Virtue must be defined in your actions.

I AM ME and by being the best Me I can be...I see the best you!

Each of us is another way to be Me and therefore know that Me is all about possibilities and is not written in non-flowing stone...it's written in the flow of Solar Logos Light! We are the Children of Stars who came to enlighten ourselves and the children of Planets by making them in our own image, i.e. giving them our identity. Therefore we are the "god's' who have inherited the Earth! So Adopt your Body with loving acceptance---as you would the Christ Child because it is the outer child of the Inner Light! Virtue built the body, so it could Be itself! Virtue states," I Am the Will and the Way, and I own the Day"! 

Remember, we can't have days, unless we have forms made of time-space. My body, makes my day! To Love my body is to have a day of love. Hence, to not love being, is to not be now and that sadly states that we only have yesterdays. To avoid being "wanna-bees" (those who don't live in the now) we must remember our true Virtuous name---I AM and we must love the experience that name gives us ---"ME"! All other names, are masks of entertainment, i.e. a Persona.

The Thoth Tarot-3 of Wands: VIRTUE and the 3rd Sephiroth-Binah:
By now, you know that Binah is an aspect of your own Energetic Unconscious, The prefix Un tends to make one think of something "less than" consciousness, nothing can be farther from the Truth. Here Un just designates the Un-seen.  Being unseen does not mean less in anyway, anymore than unseen H-bombs lying in your basement are less powerful than the one on your doorstep.

Consciousness, itself, is a child of the  Divine Collective Unconscious of the Universe, and that Mother of consciousness, is Binah.  In the Great Sea of Imagination, your image floats in the amniotic fluid of "will to form"; Binah is the Great Will to Form of the Sea of Unconscious. 
The Texts of the Golden Dawn may have said it best:
" In Binah is a thick darkness which yet veileth the Divine Glory in which all colors are hidden, wherein mystery and depth and silence, and yet, it is the habitation of the Supernal Light. There The Supernal Triad is complete. And the Sphere of its Operation is Shabbathi, or rest, and it giveth forms and similitudes unto chaotic matter and it ruleth the sphere of action of the planet Saturn. And Jehovah Elohim is the perfection of Creation and Life of the World to Come.  And the Archangel is Tzaphqiel,  the Prince of the Spiritual Strife against Evil and the name of the Angels is Arahim, the strong and mighty Ones who are also called the Order of Thrones."
 "The order of Thrones" are represented as the Four Queens of the Tarot who are united with the Four Kings. ..Their Husbands and/or consorts.

 Generally, the four Threes, represent  the realization of the Action (conception) of the Prince having been conceived; symbolized  as the central figure on each of the four cards. In the Threes, action is definitely launched for good or evil.
Thus in the Three of Wands, the Prince of Wands conception is shown as central flames radiating outward form the Supernal Union of the Triad.
THE THREE OF WANDS-VIRTUE, is also called the Lord of Established Strength. Well noted, as the Sun is in Aries here. There is great power where the Sun illuminates Aries, the Cardinal Sign of Fire often called Mars.
The 3 of Wands also represents, the 3rd Sephiroth- Binah influencing the World of Pure Spirit (Atziluth).

Shown on the Thoth card, the Three crossed Wands indicate the balance of Chokmah, Binah and the birth of Tiphareth, the Sun (son), and/or The Prince.  Growth begins and is shown on the card as the unfolding lotus blossoms opening to the Warm and Bright Energy of Aries.  

To an astrologer, the entry of the Sun into the sign of Aries, heralds spring.
Thus the blazing colors of the Card show great strength for individual expression (central Wand). Here also is absolute power that can corrupt absolutely, thus egocentricity, pride and conceit are lurking dangers. Yet we have Virtue here, the key to Spiritual integrity and honesty.

The Barbara Walker Tarot-3 of Wands: FATE, chooses to illustrate the Great Goddess, as the Three Fates; Maid, Mother and Crone. These are the Shakespearean "Weird sisters"; Weird comes from the Anglo-Saxon Word "Wyrd", meaning "To weave" and/or Fate.  Each of the trinity has her own wand,  while all are also holding the red wand.

The white wand of power is held by the white goddess of birth and growth whose symbol is the New Moon (maid). The symbol of the Full Moon (mother), represents the red goddess of love and battle. While the Old Moon, represented the black goddess (crone) of death and divination.
The triangular alchemical fire, is shown at the top of the card representing the Wands of Tarot.

This famous female trinity is known for once having the power over all the lives of all men and gods. For it is impossible for man or god to escape the final bed "where Wyrd has decided to nail him"[Campbell, C.M., 121-22; Goodrich, 32]. 

The initial image of the Ternary goddess as Fate and/or Karma,  is Kali, as the female Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. Also called, Virgin-Mother-Crone, The Past-Present-Future, birth-life-death, spinner-measurer-cutter (Greek) or in Tibet as her collective is known as The Three Most Precious Ones. Throughout myth the Trinitarian Fate-goddess appeared as the Greek Morerae, the Celtic Morrigan, the Roman, Fortunae, the Norse, Norns all immense Asiatic roots.

To us modern's the Ternary Mother of Fate, is our Unconscious, consciousness, and self-conscious (personality). If all aligned in Self, great harmony/virtue is seen as "life" and if in discord, fate is seen as chaos and/or "bad karma".  As all may know, it is our will, passion and intent that decides our fate.

When the Three of Wands -Virtue, is thrown during a reading:
  •  The querent is experiencing the conjoining of Body, Mind and Spirit.
  •  Putting thoughts into action.
  •  Keeping on with present activities for they are conceived and will soon flourish into manifestation.
  • Clarity, where you are seeing yourself honestly.
  • Established strength in enterprises where collaboration will favor the querent.
  • Radiating intention, understanding the Will of Fire and increasing energy to birth ideas.
  • This is a very active card of powerful direction, so it requires us to understand that Virtue is not chastity, no nothing so obviously prejudicial, but rather "Always being True to Thine own self". Here there is a warning not to compromise your inner integrity and passion for others.
  • Be as Spring and flower in your own inner fire! Clarify your identity and " Above all things, Know thyself!"
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